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Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range
  • Kiso Ontake Mountain Range

Kiso Ontake Mountain Range

Japan's Ancient & Beautiful Heartland

Key features

  • Mount Ontake
  • Mountains
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Nakasendo Trail
  • Historic Towns
  • Hiking
  • Temples
  • Pristine Nature
  • Shrines & Temples
  • Nature Photography
  • Winter Activities
  • Local Food & Sake

Public Transport

From Takayama3.5 - 4 hours
From Nagano/Matsumoto1.5 hours/40 minutes
From Nagoya1.5 hours

Popular Attractions

Takayama45 min
Kamikochi1.5 hours
Matsumoto40 minutes

Kiso Ontake Mountain Range

Japan's Ancient & Beautiful Heartland

Key features

  • Mount Ontake
  • Mountains
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Nakasendo Trail
  • Historic Towns
  • Hiking
  • Temples
  • Pristine Nature
  • Shrines & Temples
  • Nature Photography
  • Winter Activities
  • Local Food & Sake
The Kiso Ontake Mountain Range runs through the very center of Japan and dominated by Mount Ontake, Ontake is the second tallest volcano in Japan – behind Fuji - with an elevation of 3,067m. The region is blessed with rare beauty, typified by its lush forests, stunningly coloured rivers, rushing waterfalls, and picturesque towns and villages spread through the area. The attractions Kiso Ontake Mountain Range include the fabled Nakasendo Trail, the Ontake Ropeway, the Shirakawa Ice Pillars and numerous forest trails leading to stunning rivers and gorges – one of Central Japan’s less-visited but most remarkable enclaves.
The native Japanese religion of Shintoism teaches that all aspects of nature are imbued with ‘kami’, translating as gods or the divine. Mountains play an important role in this belief system and as such, a unique ‘Ontake Faith, developed in the region, worshipping the brooding volcano. Religious sites are dotted through the region including shrines and temples, along with important waterfalls, rivers and other natural features considered sacred.

Most famously, the Nakasendo Trail runs through this region including the best-preserved post towns of Narai, Magome and Tsumago. An area known as ‘Kiso-ji’, it has long been famous for its timber industry including traditional crafts and lacquerware. Readily accessible using the Limited Express Shinano services running from Nagano to Nagoya via Matsumoto, the Kiso Ontake Mountain Range offers many reasons to visit in each season.

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Kiso Ontake: Japan’s Pristine Heartland

Kiso Ontake: Japan’s Pristine Heartland

Visitors to the Kiso Ontake Mountain Range will discover a place of rare beauty, historic importance and pristine nature.

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Walking Trails, Pristine Nature & More!

Walking Trails, Pristine Nature & More!

The Kiso Ontake Mountain Range is blessed with lush forests, stunning rivers and waterfalls, and many walking trails including the historic Nakasendo.

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Highlights of the Region

Highlights of the Region

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Private Charters & Tours in Kiso Ontake

Private Charters & Tours in Kiso Ontake

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News / Info

Limited Express Shinano

Limited Express Shinano

Running from Nagano to Nagoya via Matsumoto, the Limited Express Shinano service connects visitors to the region.

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Discover the Historic Nakasendo

Discover the Historic Nakasendo

One of five major trade routes connecting Kyoto and Tokyo during the Edo Period, the Nakasendo can still be walked today,

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Kiso Ontake in Winter

Kiso Ontake in Winter

Winter brings snow and cold to the Kiso Onakte Mountain Range and in doing so, fills the region with a quiet magic.

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Shuttle Bus: Kiso-Fukushima to Takayama

Shuttle Bus: Kiso-Fukushima to Takayama

Combining your visit to Kiso Ontake and the famous old town of Takayama is easy in autumn, using the local shuttle bus service.

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Recommended Activites In & Around Kiso Ontake

Ontake Ropeway

Ontake Ropeway

Asecnd the Beautiful, Sacred Mountain

Rising to 2150 metres - the mountain's 7th station - the ropeway provides access to walking trails and dramatic alpine vistas.

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Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest

Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest

Tranquility & Beauty

Renowned for its beauty, the Akasawa Forest can be enjoyed on-foot or riding the Otaki Forest Railway.

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Atera Gorge

Atera Gorge

Walk the Atera River

This stunning gorge, known for its emerald waters, can be accessed via leisurely walking track.

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Kakizore Gorge

Kakizore Gorge

Follow the Emerald Road

Nearby Atera, Kakizore is another of the Kiso Valley's hidden jewels.

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Lake Shizenko

Lake Shizenko

Guided Canoeing

Formed by a landslide in 1984, Lake Shizeko be enjoyed in summer with guided canoe and kayak tours.

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Nakasendo Trail

Nakasendo Trail

Walk the Nakasendo Trail

One of five former routes linking Kyoto and Tokyo during the Edo Period, the Nakasendo can still be walked today.

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Shirakawa Ice Pillars

Shirakawa Ice Pillars

Witness the Winter Wonder

Occuring naturally each winter, the Shirakawa Ice Pillar's are a truly remarkable.

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Kaida Kogen Kamakura Snow Festival

Kaida Kogen Kamakura Snow Festival

Local Fun for Families!

Including horse-drawn sleds, snow huts, snowshoe walking anre more, this very local festival is great fun for all.

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Access

Public Transport

From Takayama3.5 - 4 hours
From Nagano/Matsumoto1.5 hours/40 minutes
From Nagoya1.5 hours

Popular Attractions

Takayama45 min
Kamikochi1.5 hours
Matsumoto40 minutes